In 2020, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources awarded Urbana Park District a $750,000 grant for a learning pavilion adjacent to the Anita Purves Nature Center.
The pavilion honors the 50th Anniversary of the Urbana Park District Advisory Committee (UPDAC) which is made up of Urbana community members who serve in an advisory and informative capacity to the park district.
The project includes a 30x40 foot pavilion with retractable sides for multi-season use, a fire place, and a single-user restroom. The project also includes grills, a drinking fountain, path connections to the Nature Center and Nature Playscape, and a parking lot expansion with solar powered streetlights and rain gardens. It will serve as the new home base of the Nature Day Camp, and will also be available for rental.
Construction begins in August of 2022.